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Georgia’s buffalo roam the coast

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Did you know the buffalo roam in Georgia?

It’s true. There is a place in Southeast Georgia where buffalo are raised. It’s the Georgia Buffalo Ranch & Trading Post in Townsend, and it’s yet another place I found through ExploreGeorgia.org.

The ranch’s website, www.georgiabuffalo.com, states it is “dedicated to the re-birth and restoration of the American Buffalo population to the nation’s landscape.” Of course, shortly after that, the website states several things about the quality of bison meat. There is also a price list for how much the ranch’s bison steaks and ground meat costs.

Take from that what you will. I won’t cast any stones. It’s just unusual that you hear about buffalo ranches in this part of the country.

You can do group tours and school field trips at the ranch. They include Buffalo Buggy tours around the ranch.

There’s often a lot of unusual stuff in our backyards, like this buffalo ranch that we often know nothing about because we keep ourselves confined to our little corners of the world. We talk a good game about how worldly we are and how much we know about foreign locales, but the truth is we don’t squat about our own backyards.

As a result, we don’t know about our own community’s little quirks and attractions. However, we can tell you all about the best little cafe to eat at in Paris.

This ranch reminds me of an emu farm that was not too far from the college I attended in Mississippi. Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why on earth would anyone have an emu farm?”

Well, here’s the skinny. Back in the 90s, the state of Mississippi made a push to boost its economy by becoming a producer of emu meat in America. It was thought that health-conscious people would ditch red meat for emu meat. It’s not too dissimilar from Georgia’s efforts a few years ago to become a leading producer of bio-fuels.

Of course, the emu meat craze never really caught on. However, the oil found in the emu’s body is supposed to be a really good treatment for sunburns. I had friends who swore by emu oil as a sunburn treatment. It was better than aloe and it was available nearby, they said.

I, of course, never had an opportunity to try emu oil, but I trust them so I’ll take their word for it.

So, if you are looking for something different to try in Georgia, and you want to learn something new about your state, why not give the Georgia Buffalo Ranch & Trading Post a try? They are doing a Halloween-themed haunted ranch in October.

The ranch is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 11495 Ga. 17, in Townsend.